Steven Spielberg’s 1993 masterpiece Schindler’s List is getting a re-release to mark the film’s 25th anniversary, and a reminder of just how good it was has come in the form of a powerful new trailer.
Schindler’s List has been digitally remastered in 4K, Dolby Cinema, and Dolby Atmos, giving the impactful picture a facelift of sorts for today’s screens. Janusz Kaminski’s stunning black and white cinematography would look incredible, remastered on the big screen.
The fantastic, deeply important film retains its power all these years later, and although many of us are privileged to not be in such a period and place depicted in Spielberg’s classic, the themes of dehumanisation, discrimination, racism and the like sadly remain quite timely and relevant today.
“When the film initially came out, it made one of the most incomprehensible acts of humankind accessible,” Spielberg told EW. “It didn’t make it understandable, but reachable to audiences to be able explore it, to be moved in such a way to want to stand against all hatred, and know it is real and what can shockingly happen in the 20th and now the 21st centuries if we are not vigilant.”
Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes were among the stars of the film, which took home six Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Film Editing and Best Original Score for John Williams. It’s astonishing that 1993 also saw Spielberg deliver a very different, hugely successful blockbuster: Jurassic Park. Quite the year for the filmmaker.
Schindler’s List will be re-released in limited US cinemas on December 7. Watch out for the new edition to hit Blu-ray, DVD and 4K later in the year, too.
Winner of seven Academy Awards , including Best Picture and Best Director, this incredible true story follows the enigmatic Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust.
It is the triumph of one man who made a difference and the drama of those who survived one of the darkest chapters in human history because of what he did. Meticulously restored from the original film negative in pristine high definition and supervised by Spielberg, Schindler’s List is a powerful story whose lessons of courage and faith continue to inspire generations.
The film also earned Oscars for composer John Williams, screenwriter Steven Zaillian and director of photography Janusz Kaminiski, as well as art directors Allan Starski and Ewa Braun, editor Michael Kahn and producers Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen and Branko Lustig.